Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Rachel Tucker - A Reality TV Fairytale?
Time for a quick recap.
To the majority of the television viewing public the name Rachel Tucker will ring with a sense of familiarity but to those who incessantly watched the reality TV series “I’d Do Anything” the name Rachel Tucker would boom with the image of a strong female stage performer.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber show offered the winner a stunning opportunity to perform, the lead role, in Cameron Mackintosh’s take on the cult stage classic “Oliver!” at West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Although Rachel actually came 4th, her undoubted talent was spotted by those who count. Her achievements since the show are truly remarkable and dwarf those of the other contestants; even that of eventual winner Jodie Prenger. Since ‘Id Do Anything’ Rachel has played Meat in ‘We Will Rock You’ as well as being the understudy for ‘Scaramouche’ in the same show, she’s appeared on various TV shows and performed on the last night of the BBC Proms.
Tucker’s stage career actually began much earlier on in life as, in her hometown of Belfast, she found comfort on the stage performing in a father-daughter cabaret show dubbed “Tucker Kelly and the Kelstar”. During this period she was a member of the Arts Youth Theatre and showed such promise as a young actress that she was accepted into the Royal Academy Music to train in her art. Her career has also seen her take lead roles in the rock musical “Tommy” as Sally Simpson and Dorothy in the RSC adaptation of ‘TheWizard of OZ’.
Rachel’s current role is arguably the most sought after role in London’s West End, Elphaba in the hit musical ‘Wicked’, a role that truly symbolises her ability and level of success.
Current information about her shows can be found at www.londontheatre.com